In an effort to improve the village’s current infrastructure and plan for the future, the Cazenovia Village board recently voted to establish a dedicated capital account to fund the replacement of old water lines throughout the village.
About 85 percent of the village’s water lines were installed more than 100 years ago – between 1890 and 1898.
Trustees said planning ahead will allow the village to be proactive, rather than suddenly be faced with huge bonding costs due to system failures in the future. This means water users will incur a $25 “infrastructure replacement” fee every six months.
We at the Cazenovia Republican dislike seeing our bills increase, but we are happy to chip in for this cause. We view the yearly $50 as an investment in Cazenovia’s future.
Frankly, it is time for many of the pipes to be replaced. Village workers are tasked with repairing ruptured lines almost routinely, which costs the municipality extra money.
We believe the adage “better safe than sorry,” applies here.
Another development we are happy to report on is the inclusion of a Sears Hometown Store in the Town and Country Plaza. The 8,750-square-foot retail space which the business will occupy has sat vacant for more than a year, contributing nothing to the village tax roll and offering no service to residents.
We were initially concerned with the competition the store may give Buyea’s True Value — but we believe Sears will offer goods no other store in Cazenovia currently offers, such as mattresses — and loyal customers will continue to support their familiar hardware store.
There are many exciting things happening on and off Albany Street, as work resumes on the future Allure dance and fitness studio, Cazenovia receives “Tree City USA” status from the National Arbor Day Foundation and Nice N’ Easy continues moving toward opening a location on village edge.
It seems to us that the community’s economy is on the rebound, as the weather continues to improve and new businesses plan to open up.
This is a great time to be a Cazenovian.